December 07, 2016
12 Tips to Extend Battery on iPhone 6/6 Plus
There are few things more frustrating than having your cell phone battery drain quickly from daily usage. Don’t let your phone usage hold you back from planning or capturing your next big adventure; there are some ways to extend battery on your iPhone 6/6 Plus. Below is a list of battery preserving tips for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to help ensure your day never gets cut short by a dead battery.
Turn Down Brightness
Having your screen's brightness turned all the way up may help you see images and words more clearly, but it is also uses precious battery life. iPhone 6 has a 4.7in 750x1334 326 ppi display, which makes the pixels nearly the same as the 11in MacBook Air. Understanding this makes it less surprising that having the brightness all the way up can consume a surprising amount of battery life. There are some ways you can control the brightness on your iPhone 6 and extend your battery life longer. One way is to go to the control center at the bottom of the screen (the same place you turn the flashlight on) and utilize the slider with a small icon resembling the sun next to it to adjust the brightness.
To access the control center, simply place your finger at the bottom of the display and swipe your finger up. Next, make sure to go to the Settings section and navigate to Display and Brightness. Once there, check to make sure the Auto Brightness feature is turned off. Taking this step ensures that your screen does not auto adjust to the levels of light in your environment and turn the brightness back up automatically. Turning the Auto Brightness feature off allows you to have complete control over the brightness by accessing the control center and changing the brightness as you deem fit.
Say Goodbye to Parallax
Parallax effect, or Motion, utilizes hardware to sense your movements and adjusts the display accordingly. Parallax takes into account the sense of direction, speed, and motion of your movements to make your phone adjust to you quickly. Parallax has been known to increase depth perception and 3D effects on the screen. While parallax is visually appealing, it uses quite a bit of battery, due to continuously using various sensors to work in relay motion to react to your every move. To turn off Parallax, go to the Settings page and navigate to General. From there, select Accessibility and then scroll to where it says “Reduce Motion.” Toggle on the Reduce Motion to disable Parallax and to safeguard some battery life.
Disable Location Services
Location Services is software that uses your location data to control features. Some apps will require the use of Location Services in order to perform their basic functions, such as Google Maps, Yelp, Waze, and Maps. However, many apps you download load into your phone with location services turned on without it being a necessity. Many apps utilize this information to collect data for surveys and market research. To cut off the Location Services feature for all unnecessary apps, navigate to the Settings section and select Privacy. From there, select Location Services. Under Location Services, there will be a list of apps and how often they are retrieving your location data.
For some apps, there is no reason it needs to be always retrieving your location. Not to worry, iPhone provides options for this reason! You can deselect the “Always” option for most apps. Apps that require a location to perform their function can be set to “While Using” and should still work perfectly fine. Other apps can be switched to “Never” if there isn’t any real reason for them to need location data to work. By limiting the amount of apps using Location Services to track your movements, you will store a surprising amount of battery life.
Limit Background App Refreshing
Background App Refresh occurs when apps run in the background and are constantly refreshing their data. Apple specifies on their website that limiting background app refresh will conserve battery life. While this feature has many benefits, constant reloading takes a bit of a toll on battery. This piece of advice will be even more important for those with a high number of apps. If all your downloaded apps are constantly refreshing in the background, your battery life will be severely laden.
In order to control background app refresh, navigate to Settings and then select General. From there, select Background App Refresh. Once inside the Background App Refresh section, there will be a list of all of the apps and their current background app refresh setting. Take some time to go through the list and deselect all of the apps that don’t need to be running in the background when you are not using them, like YouTube, Stocks, and Weather.
Download Apps While Plugged In
While apps do many things to better your phone, even life experiences, they do require tons of battery; especially during initial download. Remember the last time you got a new phone and had to re-download all of your favorite apps? Remember the sharp decline your battery took while trying to download them? This process happens each time your phone tries to download a new app. There is a very simple fix for this battery-draining bandit, and that is to plug your phone in before downloading new apps, particularly if you are planning on downloading a handful at once. This will save your battery and avoid having your phone unexpectedly shut down from battery loss.
Turn Off Share Your Location
The iOS 8 update brought with it the advent of the Share Your Location capability. Share Your Location allows users the ability to share their geographic locations with friends or family for a specified amount of time. When attempting to share their location, a user must select the Details section inside of a message threat. Once this is selected, three options will pop up for you to select from. They are options to either share for one hour, share until end of day, or share indefinitely.
For those who have hit share indefinitely, you will want to adjust your settings in order to preserve battery life. In order to disable this feature, or limit the number of people you are sharing your location with, navigate to the Settings section and select Privacy. From there, click on Location Services and select Share My Location. If you still want to be able to let people know where you are if you are on the move, consider sending your location once, or less, rather than selecting the share indefinitely option.
Turn AirDrop Off
AirDrop was introduced with the iOS 7 update and allows iPhone users to share pictures, notes, memos, locations, contacts, and more with devices nearby. AirDrop can be extremely useful in some instances, but much like the flashlight, it is better to turn it on when you need it than leave it on all the time. AirDrop uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to make sharing items between phones possible. Amazingly convenient, but also uses an abundance of battery. To turn off AirDrop, swipe up at the bottom the of the display. The control center screen should appear, and on there you can deselect the AirDrop feature. Then when you do want to use it, just swipe back up and turn it on for the time it is needed and shut it back off afterward. This will significantly reduce battery drain due to AirDrop utilizing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Turn Bluetooth Off
Speaking of Bluetooth, be sure to turn off Bluetooth when it is not being used. While extremely useful for pairing with external devices, such as portable speakers or headsets, Bluetooth does not always need to be on. By swiping up at the bottom of the display, the control center will appear, and you can easily turn on and off Bluetooth, demarcated by the angular “B” letter. By only using this when necessary, you will be able to improve iPhone battery life.
Review App Battery Usage
One of the best ways to extend battery life on iPhone is to review app battery usage. Some of the most commonly used apps, like Instagram, Twitter, and Spotify, are guilty of draining the battery quickly. While it may be tough, you will have to make some choices about which ones are absolutely necessary for you to keep. You can view this information by navigating to Settings and selecting Battery. Under the Battery section, you will find the option to select Battery Usage. Within Battery Usage, you can view how much energy each of your apps is using and make the choice about which to keep, delete, or force-close.
Disable iAds and Alerts
The iOS 8 update also introduced Location-Based Alerts. Location-Based Alerts allows Apple to send you alerts from banks, stores, and retailers near your current location and pointing your attention to their app. When this happens, an alert will appear on your lock screen near the Camera icon. Location-Based Alerts constantly scan for your location and surroundings to make this possible, thereby consuming the battery. Disabling Location-Based Alerts is a quick and easy way to extend your battery life. In order to disable, navigate to Settings and then select Privacy. From there, select Location Services and then System Services. Once inside System Services, toggle off both iAds and Alerts to save some precious battery.
Monitor Email Updating Frequency
For many people, part of the beauty of iPhone is that it is essentially a computer that you can fit in your pocket. When at work, most people answer their string of emails as quickly as possible and with iPhone, the pace does not slow down on your phone. This is because often times people have their email set to Push, which constantly retrieves updates from email server’s to make sure that the displayed information is accurate in real time.
While this may be necessary for a work email account, it is most likely not necessary for all email accounts registered on your phone. By switching your email from Push to Fetch, you can select how often you would like new emails to load. For non-essential accounts, try selecting for them to refresh once every hour to reduce the drain on battery life. To do this, navigate to Settings and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Once there, select Fetch New Data and adjust your settings from there.
Invest in a juice pack Battery Pack
One of the most useful ways to ensure your phone is never without a charge is to purchase a juice pack battery case. mophie is the number 1 mobile battery case maker, and are certified by Apple Inc. mophie juice pack battery cases feature lithium batteries which allow you to recharge your iPhone on the go, giving you the power to do more.
By following these this tips on how to increase battery life on iPhone 6/6 Plus and you’ll be able to significantly extend your device’s battery. Nobody wants to be stranded with a cell phone that has lost its charge, so make sure to heed these tips and never be caught without your phone battery charged and ready for whatever comes next.
Learn even more about iPhone 6/6 Plus battery capacity with this helpful guide.
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